Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:5-10

This passage is a continuation of Jesus’ reply to the disciples’ request that He teach them to pray. As you will recall from the last passage (The ‘Lord’s Prayer’) Jesus has demonstrated a model for prayer that is characterized by humility and God’s purpose, and God’s willingness to meet our needs, if not every little whim of desire.

Here Jesus tells a little story to illustrate further; a man needs bread and goes to his neighbor late at night. The neighbor is roused from his bed by the knock on his door and isn’t exactly thrilled about the intrusion on his sleep, and even though he doesn’t want to open up and find the bread, he will do so to preserve his good name.

How much more will our Heavenly Father be willing to meet needs?

So, we should have the audacity to ask!

God will always give us what we really need to accomplish His will. God will also give us what we need to live, so ask, seek, find; don’t just sit there.

As simple and obvious as this is, He wasn’t quite finished yet…


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to Ask!

  1. So many of us never ask. We just grumble or worry and call that prayer. Or maybe we murmur the start of a prayer and then see a squirrel and forget about it. None. Of. This. Is. Asking.

    See James 4:2 for the result.

  2. A friend of mine wrote a book last year called “God Loves to Say Yes”. Author is Dr. Wyvetta Kirk. It is a very practical and easy-to-read book.

  3. Far too often we are guilty of just sitting there. Thanks for that challenging conviction my brother. Like gandhi u remind us to be the change we wish to see in the world but also to rely on Jesus completely to meet our daily needs. This is not a contradiction cos its only His power working in n through us that enables anyone to be helped in the world. true what you say too often we confuse needs for wants. This passage you quoted is later echoed and affirmed in revelations 3:20 by Jesus’s promise to not only do a zaccheus n come to our heart house for tea but take up permanent residence within us

  4. The moment I tarted reading this I recalled a huge blessing! My late mother was in ER and doing poorly again. A busy friend popped in to pray with me then had o leave, but called a friend I barely knew asking her also to pray. The virtual stranger came to be with me and brought a daughter along. These beautiful strangers stayed well into the wee hours of the following day with me, at which time mom was stable and the doctor sent me home to sleep. A very blessed Jesus moment! Yes, they brought food and drink to share! As ro your title ask, I have no family and would have been alone. I called my friendknowing she was busy but would pray. Jesus inspired the rest of the story!

  5. So comforting to know that He is always there, always giving, always loving, always taking care of us.

  6. Wally Fry says:

    The Spirit must want me to pray harder…everywhere I do my friends are posting about it. Hmm

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